The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle of Malibu Bluffs

Malibu, CA – The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle just went down in Malibu on Sunday, November 13th. This event was inspired by a tragic accident that occurred with Malibu resident, Emily Shane, back in 2010. Emily was struck by a homicidal driver while walking along Pacific Coast Highway. Her death was so tragic and devastating for her parents. Her father, Michel and mother, Ellen, have gone on to create the Emily Shane Foundation. Emily’s motto was, “Dance, love, sing, live” She had a powerful message for an eighth grader and the Emily Shane Foundation allows her unique world vision to be carried on. The foundation provides role models and mentors to at risk middle school kids. The fee for the children enrolled in the program is that they must “pay it forward” by doing a good deed in exchange for the mentoring.
Here’s a link to the Emily Shane Foundation website on Facebook ;

https://m.facebook.com/emilyshanefoundation/

A donation of just $10.00 allows a mentor to tutor a disadvantaged youth for one hour.  Please donate if you can.

Actress and environmentalist, Hayden Begley with producer and Emily's father, Michel Shane
Actress and environmentalist, Hayden Begley with producer and Emily’s father, Michel Shane

The bluffs above Malibu was such a great place to hold the event. There were locals, celebrities and people who just happened to be at the park that day. Tables were set up that explained why butterflies and bees are so important. For example, butterflies (Order: Lepidoptera) are brightly colored flying insects with two pairs of large wings that vary in color and pattern from species to species. Furthermore, butterfly wings are covered with overlapping rows of tiny scales, butterflies share this feature with other lepidopterans known as moths. Milk weed plants were gifted to those interested at the event. Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed. Both bees and butterflies play an important and vital role in pollination of plants and the production of California’s agriculture.

Releasing the butterflies. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Releasing the butterflies. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

The event itself was festive, fun and featured live music. There were celebrities in attendance such as Marina Anderson. Marina is known for acting and coaching and resurrecting David Carradine’s acting career in Kill Bill. Also in attendance was Michel Shane who is Emily’s Dad and is a founder of Hand Picked Films. Michael Shane has produced a long list of successful films including the
Oscar nominated and multiaward winning Spielberg directed film, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and “I, Robot” with Will Smith. Actress Hayden Begley was in attendance. Hayden is an actress and singer from Malibu, California. Hayden’s grandfather is Academy Award winner and Broadway actor, Ed Begley
(Sr.) and her dad is actor and renown environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr.

Ellen Shane making announcements while Robin Hill prepares to sing
Ellen Shane making announcements while Robin Hill prepares to sing

There were locals, little kids and people from all over. The event featured a raffle and silent auction to benefit the foundation. The release of the thousand butterflies was special. People were gathered in a giant circle to get close to the boxes that contained the butterflies. Once the butterflies were released, they exploded into the air. There were butterflies everywhere. People were bending over to get a glimpse of the butterflies before they flew away. Some people were experts in letting butterflies land gently on their hands. Other people weren’t so gentle.

A butterfly prepares to fly away
A butterfly prepares to fly away

The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle in Malibu Bluffs Park on 2016 was such a great success. The community came together to support a great cause and remember an innocent little girl who was taken too soon.



Dustin Brown

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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT HOLDS FUNDRAISER SUPPORTING MALCOLM YOUNG’S FIGHT WITH DEMENTIA

(Hollywood, California) – Ultimate Jam Night, (www.ultimatejamnight.com)  the long-running weekly free music show held at the famed Whisky A Go Go will turn its upcoming Tuesday night edition on November 15th at 8 PM PST into a live broadcast fundraiser honoring AC/DC rock icon Malcolm Young and benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV.

youngYoung struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.

Malcolm Young of AC/DC
Malcolm Young of
AC/DC

A collection of well known rockers will participate in a more than 2 hour “jam” of AC/DC songs. Included among them will be former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.

To donate to The Alzheimer’s Association and the Ultimate Jam Night Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, simply go to act.alz.org/goto/RockOutALZ and click on “donate” and then scroll down and click on “donate to the team”. Monies raised support local programs of the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, as well as funding research and advocacy efforts.

“Malcolm Young created not only music, but an era” said Ultimate Jam Night founder and Quiet Riot Bassist, Chuck Wright. “According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, so this terrible affliction affects many more like Malcolm” said, Wright.

For up-to-the-minute news about the event please visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight for updates leading up to Tuesday’s 8 PM showtime.

ABOUT ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT

Ultimate Jam Night is a long-running free weekly show currently in residence at L.A.’s famed Whisky A Go Go. Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, the show features a rotating cast of the world’s finest musicians assembled in an entirely unrehearsed setting. The show features live music, performance art, comedy bits, walk around characters, and community and charitable giving. More information can be found by visiting www.ultimatejamnight.com.

ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  The organizational mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org/socal or call 800.272.3900.

ABOUT ZINNA MEDIA

Established by Mike Zinna, Zinna.tv brings Hollywood action to the world via broadcasting and original content. Current programs include Inside Metal, Geeks Scape by Jonathan London, Absolutely Jason Stuart, Drumsmack, and Spill the Tea among other shows.

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Grand Opening of Art Lewin Bespoke in Downtown Santa Monica

Santa Monica — On Thursday, November 10, 2016, The Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of attending the Art Lewin Bespoke Grand Opening of its newest location in Santa Monica — Store #6 for entrepreneur Art Lewin.  This highly anticipated,  invitation-only event, sponsored, in part, by BuyWine.com, offered guests the best of the best including gourmet cuisine, scrumptious desserts, Napa Valley wines from Sparrow Hawk and Highway 12 vineyards, Hint Water, Rekorderlig Cider from Sweden, contemporary tunes and the most superb in custom clothing.

Inside of the newly opened Bespoke showroom. Photo by SmugMug
Inside of the newly opened Bespoke showroom. Photo by SmugMug

Over 100 of Southern California’s finest turned out to celebrate the exclusive opening of Art Lewin Bespoke, Santa Monica including members of the legal community, business professionals and celebrities.  All guests were gifted with a Mario Masotti Hand-made Silk Neck-Tie. The ties are beautifully crafted and designed with stunning fabrics and patterns.

In attendance was 2016 Primetime Emmy winner, Patrika Darbo, known for her short film “Acting Dead”. Photo courtesy SmugMug
In attendance was 2016 Primetime Emmy winner, Patrika Darbo, known for her short film “Acting Dead”. Photo courtesy SmugMug

So what makes Art Lewin Bespoke so special?  “One of our many unique features with our full canvas grade clothing is the canvas itself.  Our canvas is hand padded and not machine stitched as is common with many  other tailors. We also offer an extensive library of world class quality fabrics from internationally renowned mills in England, Italy, France, Switzerland, and Germany,” says Daniel Simons, Partner, Art Lewin Bespoke, Santa Monica.

Bespoke founder, Art Lewin, with partner Danny Simons at the Art Lewin Bespoke launch in Santa Monica. Photo by SmuMug
Bespoke founder, Art Lewin, with partner Danny Simons at the Art Lewin Bespoke launch in Santa Monica. Photo by SmuMug

A favorite with Hollywood celebrities, including, Jon Voight, Ernie Hudson, Jason Ritter, William Shatner, Lou Ferrigno, Esai Morales and Robert Wagner, to name a few, Art Lewin Bespoke is also preferred by a cadre of stylists.  And, what about Art Lewin Bespoke for Women?  “Art Lewin Bespoke is not just about clothes that make men look great,” adds Simons, “we also apply our expert talents to a woman’s wardrobe with the same quality, workmanship & knowledge enjoyed by our male clientele, just ask the beautiful actress Sofia Milos!”

International model and actress, Eugenia Kuzmina, with her VIP swag bag that included a silk tie. Photo courtesy SmugMug
International model and actress, Eugenia Kuzmina, with her VIP swag bag that included a silk tie. Photo courtesy SmugMug

For more information, please visit http://www.artlewinbespoke.com/

or telephone Art Lewin Bespoke at 310 734-4990

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

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The One Thousand Butterfly Event in Malibu

Malibu, CA — A thousand  real butterflies will be released in Malibu Bluffs Park on Sunday,  Nov. 13th, in honor of mentors and role models who make miracles in people’s lives. The event is part of the Emily Shane Foundation traditional fundraiser celebration and SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program. Film producer, Michel Shane and wife Ellen, received President Obama’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for their “lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service.” The Shanes are founders of the Emily Shane Foundation and continue to carry their daughter’s legacy, who at age 13, was murdered by a suicidal driver in Malibu. The foundation encourages people to perform acts of kindness and good deeds for others.

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Emily Shane

The butterfly release event includes live music, art projects and games for children, butterfly exhibits and silent auction. FREE to attend. $10 donation to sponsor a butterfly. https://www.gofundme.com/1000butterfly16

SEA turns frustration and poor academic performance into smiles and success. Donations raised provide funding for individualized, intensive mentoring to struggling/failing middle school
students in the mainstream classroom. SEA students are those who risk “falling through the cracks” and who could not otherwise afford much needed after school support.

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Shane has produced a long list of successful films including the Oscar nominated and multiaward winning Spielberg directed film, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
WHERE: MALIBU BLUFFS PARK – 24250 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
TIME: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Take a guest or a group!
FREE to attend
STEP AND REPEAT “BUTTERFLY” carpet photo op

 

Dustin Brown

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Sur Le Mur’s Premiere Opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio

Internationally renowned health and fitness photographer Per Bernal’s well attended gallery opening in West Los Angeles was the talk of the town and THE art event of the season bringing some much needed and well deserved attention to the thriving LA art scene.

“Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” was an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, and fine art. There were new works featured by Per Bernal and RISK. There was an unveiling of a portrait of action hero Dolph Lundgren, which was an incredible collaboration by Per and Risk. Guests viewed some politically correct art, right in time for the election, including the “Trump Wall,” featured on CNN and BBC, by Plastic Jesus and famous portraits by the late Pop Artist, Steve Kaufman. Additionally, it was truly an honor to be partnering with Artists for Trauma,” said Megan Phillips, the Founder of Sur le Mur. Phillips represents Bernal and other acclaimed artists in addition to offering art advisory and acquisitions, curating, and custom work.


“I have been a photographer for over 30 years and have shot close to 1000 fitness covers, which have been published worldwide. The opening of my US studio this past weekend was a dream come true, for me, and I now feel the freedom to explore my fine art photography, including celebrity portraiture. I find it very inspiring to work with other artists and I want my studio to be an artists’ colony, where creative minds and creative ideas can meet and merge together. Working with Megan Phillips, of Sur Le Mur, has given me tremendous momentum and she has encouraged me to expand my art and to take it to an entirely new level,” said Per Bernal.

Bernal also shot Artist For Trauma (AFT) Ambassadors Aaron Baker, Tamara Mena, and Steve Bogna for this opening exhibition. “I was impressed, overjoyed and proud for the AFT Ambassadors Adaptive Health & Fitness Models, Aaron, Tamara and Steve.  Equally I was grateful to these brave and courageous individuals for trusting AFT and Per Bernal to present and represent them with respect and elegance. Each model exemplifies ‘The Power of the Human Spirit’, an intangible essence that is the key to the quality of life success for all of us.  Per captured  ‘this’ and ‘it’ communicated visually through the photos, their joyful spirit transcending beyond their physical challenges. We are grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to partner with Per Bernal and Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur. This strategic partnership is a perfect example of the signature, empowering adaptive arts & entertainment opportunities Artists for Trauma is proud to provide,” said Laura Sharpe, CEO and Founder of Artists For Trauma.

Attendees viewed photography and artworks by Per Bernal and his renowned peers who are a true Who’s Who’s of the art world such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and Black Brain.

Numerous celebrities, fitness gurus, actors, martial artists, renowned artists and VIPs are expected at this event such as Per Bernal, Megan Phillips, Founder of Sur le Mur, Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma, actors and martial artists Bianca Van Damme and Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you, GI Joe the Animated Series and Martial Arts and Wrestling Hall of Fame), and actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Robert Wall (Walker Texas Ranger, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Blade Runner), Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead), Rico E. Anderson (The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy),  Jon Mack (Saw VI, Blunt Force Trauma), Anna Easteden (Two and A Half Men, Junkie), Katherine Kampko (Graceland, Trust No One), actor/filmmaker/on-air host Tyrone Tann (Lavanderia, Blooob, Stauros Entertainment), Ed Connors, former owner of the Golds Gym Franchise, Gudrun Giddings, Producer and President Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles, Samir Bannout, 1 time Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, 1 time Classic Physique Mr. Olympia, Eric The Trainer, Hollywood Celebrity, noted artists Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Plastic Jesus, Geoff Melville and HRH Prince Davood Roostaei (Persian Qajar dynasty), renowned artist and founder of Cryptorealism, Dr. Sarah Brindle Ph.D of Inclusivity Clinical Consulting Services (ICCS), Dr. Mary Nasmyth, Co-Chief Medical Officer, CRI and Clinical Chief for Physical Medicine and Rehab at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari and countless other VIPs.

This event is sponsored by Sur le Mur, Per Bernal, Artists For Trauma and Coco Taps by Vincent Zaldivar aka “CocoVinny.” Renowned artist Kelly Risk Graval summed up the evening perfectly by saying it was “good times.” Good times indeed!

More info about Per Bernal: http://www.krop.com/perbernal/#/

More info about Sur le Mur: http://www.surlemur.com/

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

More info about Coco Taps: https://www.cocotaps.com/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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WORLDboots Official Launch

WOR The Los Angeles, CA (November 7, 2016) –From founder Marc Bruder and designer Ben Zerbe comes the next generation of footwear, WORLDboots. Since it’s creation, WORLDboots’ purpose has been to establish and re-envision the genre of sneakerboots, using handmade craftsmanship and premium materials, combined with a “fashion meets function” mindset. WORLDboots desires to introduce unique, timeless and luxurious pieces all while helping the less fortunate by contributing to Soles 4 Souls, in an effort to eradicate poverty.

Designer Ben Zerbe on the red carpet at the Workdboots launch supporting Souls for Soles Charity
Designer Ben Zerbe on the red carpet at the WORLDboots launch supporting Souls for Soles Charity. Photo courtesy Ian Bailey

The paradigm of fit and function coupled with a fashion frame, Worldboots represents a fresh genre of footwear. They call them ‘Sneakerboots’. Breeding the athletic midsole base with an upper that exudes quality and luxury, we combine podiatric expertise with fashion-forward innovation. The event was produced by http://www.vajamusic.com

Actress and recording artist, Serena Laurel, on the red carpet. Photo by Ian Bailey for the Hollywood Press Corps
Actress and recording artist, Serena Laurel, on the red carpet. Photo by Ian Bailey for the Hollywood Press Corps

What separates the ground from your foot is more than material; it is intention and purpose, the path you walk as an individual, as one and as many we strive forward together. Available in suede or leather and a variety of fashion forward colors including royal blue, Spanish pink, haze grey and true black with a sole that is designed to support you. The line offers two different collections, the Hemera and Lees, both priced from $250-$500, featuring over 10 styles composed of eccentric colors with complementary tones, combined with definitive style.

Actor and musician, Weston Cage, on the red carpet at the WORLDboots launch
Actor and musician, Weston Cage, on the red carpet at the WORLDboots launch. Photo courtesy Ian Bailey for the Hollywood Press Corps

The Hemera, constructed with two exclusive skirts – a full skirt and fringe style, is a fashion led ankle sneakerboot as the Lees, a high top sneakerboot, offers a must-have pair of sneakerboots for every occasion and look. The distinctive skirts seen on the Hemera can also be purchased separately as an accessory to fit every sneaker and boot making it a perfect standout to match any style.

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“One size will not fit all but one world will” – WORLDboots. You’ve felt it before. “Unusual, unique, cerebral, inviting question and resistance”; you recognize it. It’s you. It’s who you are and want to be.
For more information and to purchase your very own pair of WORLDboots visit https://www.worldboots.com/

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Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

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Fusion Designs Caricatures: Live Art Entertainment Experience at Paris Comic Con

Superheroes saved the day at Paris Comic Con. Angel Lopez and Kevin Cardona, founders of Fusion Designs Caricatures, and their crew Sandra Carrano, Amy Jimenez, Erick Macias, Alex Casanova, Sam Sellers, Chris Meesey and Damion Dunn flew all the way from LA to attend one of the most pop-cultured and artistic convention. They are talented artists who come from different backgrounds. Most of them worked at Universal Studios or Six Flags before conquering the world’s greatest conventions. Now they travel the world together and produce amazing caricatures and artworks.

With Angel Lopez, co-founder of Fusion Designs Caricatures

Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of meeting Fusion Designs at Comic Con Paris 2016. They are approchable guys with a great sens of humour. Their booth atmosphere is laid-back and friendly. Although poorly located on the mezzanine of the convention center, they didn’t go unnoticed. Armed with pastels and air paint, they were busy drawing and connecting with the public.

“Caricature me like one of your French Girls” should have been how the quote goes. Because what’s more amazing than a piece of art done by a caricaturist. Portraits on oil canvases or photoshoots are overrated; caricatures are the real deal. Cheaper, faster and funnier, they bring something more to the picture. Moreover, their talent and the quality of their works are way higher than the usual caricatures you may find in the streets.


I had the honour of getting my caricature done by Chris Meesey (aka Meesimo). Trained by Tom Richmond and Ed Steckley, he is regarded as the most talented artist by his colleagues. Illustrator, caricaturist, painter… he wears many hats. He has published several books and produced comic books (Knucklehead Comics, SWALLOW, Extremities). On his website, you can check out his amazing artworks: http://meesimo.com
He is really easy to talk to. Everyone was gathering around, admiring the prodigy at work. Seeing the result of the caricature was impressive. The way he captures one’s personality in a caricature is rare.

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Caricature by Chris Meesey

Erick Macias and I got to talk and know each other while Chris was drawing me. “The most popular demand from people is to be drawn as Harley Quinn.”, Erick told me jokingly adding that they don’t seem to care how insane of a character she was. But that’s what caricatures are about, self-deprecation. Erick produces beautiful caricatures. He is a skilled and self-taught artist and knows the value of communicating with the person he is drawing.

Dustin Brown also had his caricature done by Chris. Here is his experience:

“I had the opportunity to get a Caricature drawn by Chris at the Paris Comic Con. Chris is a talented artist that draws caricatures for Fusion Designs. The Comic Con event was winding down on the the Sunday that I attended. Fusion Designs was busy drawing some of the people in attendance. Chris chatted with me as he drew. I asked him to make me a superhero. We decided Batman would be the best choice. Chris works so fast. I couldn’t see what he was drawing. We talked about comedy writers from Saturday Night Live and Chris’ experience as a caricature artist at Universal Studios in Hollywood. The end result was just amazing. Chris is truly a master level artist. I didn’t get a chance to speak with Chris after he showed me the drawing he made as he had to start on another one. I will cherish the drawing of me as Batman with an over sized chin. I’ll always remember the 2016 Paris Comic Con and the great day I had. All the people at Fusion Designs were so nice. It was such a great experience. “

Dustin Brown and Chris Meesey

The friendliness of the artists at Fusion Designs takes away the intimidating process of getting one’s caricature done. For 10 to 20 minutes, you get to sit, talk and laugh with the caricaturist. At the end, it feels like you have to say goodbye to an old friend.

Damion Dunn’s artworks were also spectacular. He worked at Universal Studios Hollywood as a caricature artist and is now illustrating and working with Fusion Designs. His drawings of futuristic, estranged creatures are fascinating. He has is own style and brings something unique to his caricatures. On his blog http://damion009.blogspot.fr, he shares his latest pieces and his love for art. He also showed us a caricature of the crew he had done as a gift. It allow us to see the Fusion Designs crew as one big family, passionate about what they are doing.

Snapshot of the gift artwork on Damion Dunn’s phone

You can follow them on Facebook and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/fusion_designs/ to see their incredible artworks. And you can even email them at http://services@fusiondesigns.biz if you want to host a unique live art entertainment experience in your living room!

Laurie Le Bomin

Laurie Le Bomin

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Sur Le Mur Presents the Premiere Opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio

This Saturday night Marina Del Rey will be ablaze with tons of the most talented and edgy artists in town at the premiere opening of renowned celebrity photographer Per Bernal’s studio.

Self Portrait of internationally renowned photographer Per Bernal
Self Portrait of internationally renowned photographer Per Bernal

“Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” is an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, and fine art. There will be new works featured by Per Bernal and RISK.

Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval
Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval

Dolph Lundgren will be unveiling his portrait, an incredible collaboration by Per and Risk. Get your vote on! Come view some politically correct art, in time for the election, including the “Trump Wall,” featured on CNN and BBC, by Plastic Jesus and famous portraits by the late Pop Artist, Steve Kaufman,” said Megan Phillips, the Founder of Sur le Mur. Phillips represents Bernal and other acclaimed artists in addition to offering art advisory and acquisitions, curating, and custom work.

Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval
Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval

“I have been a photographer for over 30 years and have shot close to 1000 fitness covers, which have been published worldwide. The opening of my US studio is a dream come true, for me, and I now feel the freedom to explore my fine art photography, including celebrity portraiture. I find it very inspiring to work with other artists and I want my studio to be an artists’ colony, where creative minds and creative ideas can meet and merge together. Working with Megan Phillips, of Sur Le Mur, has given me tremendous momentum and she has encouraged me to expand my art and to take it to an entirely new level,” said Per Bernal.

Noted art manager Megan Phillips with Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma. Photo courtesy of Michael Hansel
Noted art manager Megan Phillips with Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma. Photo courtesy of Michael Hansel

“It is an honor and a gift to join forces with world-renowned health & fitness photographer Per Bernal, and his international art manager Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur. Per Bernal is a lovely man, yet a powerfully driven artiste, focused on further experimentation to culture HIS expansion of creative vision. Congratulations, Per on your opening of the ‘Per Bernal Fine Art Photography Studio’ in Los Angeles, CA! Thank you for your generosity to Artists For Trauma (AFT) and for your heart eye with forward vision to respectfully photograph these selected AFT models in the context of inclusivity to the diverse world versions of health and fitness. Your test photographs clearly represent that trauma survivors are healthy, fun, cool, hip, athletic and sexy too!” said Laura Sharpe, CEO and Founder of Artists For Trauma.

Attendees will view photography and artworks by Per Bernal and his renowned peers who are a true Who’s Who’s of the art world such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and Black Brain.

Numerous celebrities, fitness gurus, actors, martial artists, renowned artists and VIPs are expected at this event such as Per Bernal, Megan Phillips, Founder of Sur le Mur, Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma, actors and martial artists Dolph Lundgren, Bianca Van Damme, Jackie Warner, (Fitness Coach at Work Out on Bravo), Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you, GI Joe the Animated Series and Martial Arts and Wrestling Hall of Fame), and actors Aki Aleong (Pound of Flesh, Babylon 5), Robert Wall (Walker Texas Ranger, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead, Check Point), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Blade Runner), Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead), Olivia DeLaurentis (Happy Feet, Horoscopes), Christy McGinity Gibel (Little Women: LA), Plastic Martyr (actress, Little Women: LA, Scumbag and model, transgender activist), Rico E. Anderson (The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy), Elise Muller (Parenthood, Bagheads), Jon Mack (Saw 6, Blunt Force Trauma), legendary Persian Actresses Mary Apick (Homeland, The Last Shift) and her mother Apick Youssefian (Cry of the Village, Actress, The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam), Rick Mora (Twilight, The Lady Killers), Anna Easteden (Two and A Half Men, Junkie), Model Miki Black (CSI:NY, Maxim, Benchwarmer), Ed Connors, former owner of the Golds Gym Franchise, Gudrun Giddings SACC, Samir Bannout, 1 time Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, 1 time Classic Physique Olympia, Eric The Trainer, Hollywood Celebrity, noted artists Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, President Board of Directors for CRE OUTREACH Theater by the Blind, Celebrity Hair Stylist Maryam Motaghy, Human rights activist and author Elham Yaghoubian, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari and countless other VIPs.

This event is sponsored by Sur le Mur, Per Bernal, Artists For Trauma and Coco Taps by Vincent Zaldivar aka “CocoVinny.”

More info about Per Bernal: http://www.krop.com/perbernal/#/

More info about Sur le Mur: http://www.surlemur.com/

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

Dustin Brown

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World Poker Tour Presents “Four Kings & an Ace” to benefit Mending Kids International

The Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of attending the World Poker Tour Presents “Four Kings & an Ace” to benefit Mending Kids International on Friday night. The event was hosted by Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Andrew Garfield and Gene Simmons who played along side WPT champions Erik Seidel and Scotty Nguyen. The winner of the tournament was David O’Day.

Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson and Gene Simmons host "Four Kings & an Ace" photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson and Gene Simmons host “Four Kings & an Ace”
photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

In addition to the special charity poker tournament held at CITIZEN Beverly Hills, the guests and players were also able to enjoy casino games and live and silent auctions, with proceeds benefiting Mending Kids International, a California-based non-profit that formed in 2006 that provides life-changing surgical care to children from around the globe in need.

Vince Vaughn being interviewed on the red carpet photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Vince Vaughn being interviewed by Extra on the red carpet
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Other celebrities attending the event were Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Sophie Simmons, Nick Simmons, Weston Cage, Michael Galante, Kevin Pollak, Masiela Lusha, WPT Co-Commentator Mike Sexton, and WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin.

Nick Simmons, Shannon Simmons, Gene Simmons and Sophie Simmons on the red carpet photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Nick Simmons, Shannon Simmons, Gene Simmons and Sophie Simmons on the red carpet
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

“The funds raised from the Four Kings & An Ace Charity Poker Tournament will help Mending Kids provide life-saving surgeries to hundreds of children, and we cannot thank our donors enough for their wonderful generosity,” said Marchelle Sellers, Executive Director of Mending Kids International. “We would especially like to thank Mel Gibson, for his continued support of Mending Kids, and Vince Vaughn and Andrew Garfield for helping host the event.”

“Once again, poker brought together celebrities, dignitaries, and influencers for a great cause as it continues to be one of the most fun and effective ways to raise money for critical issues worldwide,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “WPT Foundation is honored to have partnered with Mending Kids for this special night.”

To date, WPT Foundation has helped raise more than $6 million to benefit global philanthropic organizations such as Mending Kids.

WPT champion player Eric Seidel photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
WPT champion player Eric Seidel
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

About Mending Kids International

Mending Kids provides life-saving surgical care to children worldwide, including the United States. Over the years, thousands of children have received corrective, transformational surgeries that have given them a chance at longer, healthier, and happier lives. Most of the surgeries performed correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities. Mending Kids’ work is accomplished in 63 countries, including the United States through four core programs: Overseas Surgical Missions, including the Sustainable Teaching Program; US Hometown Missions; Individual Surgical Care; and Training, Research, and Innovation.

About World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 15th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XV of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. ClubWPT.com also sponsors Season 3 of the WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Ourgame International Holdings, Ltd. For more information, go to WPT.com.

WPT Media Contact – Donnie Peters – donnie.peters@wpt.com

Mending Kids Media Contact – Dawn Miller – dawn@miller-pr.com

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Comic Con 2016

Do you ever wish to save the entire world with cool superpowers and tight spandex like I do? The answer should be yes. Otherwise you may be living in another dimension were pop culture doesn’t exist because every human living in the 21st-century on planet Earth is obsessed with space raccoons, storm troopers and meta humans.
Just go to the Paris Comic Con and you’ll understand. This year, cosplayers from all around the world joined forces to showcase their best costumes. From Jedis to Harley Quinn and the Joker, every cosplayer had their unique style, walking among the visitors and taking selfies with them.

I had the chance to cover the first day (October 21st) of the 2016 Paris Comic Con and be part of this intense 3 day exhilarating convention.
The convention center opens at 9:30 am and arriving early is the best way to beat the crowd and avoid the long lines that start to form rapidly at animation booths. You could take pictures with BB-8, stormtroopers or even get a polaroid photo of you at the Instax by Fujifilm booth.

Cosplayers at the VR booth. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin
Cosplayers at the VR booth. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin

The VR experience was also popular. The PS4 instalment allowed visitors to fight crime as Batman and the Partouche Booth offered a Roller Blaster 4D experience.

Canal was a generous exhibitor, handing out bags and entertaining visitors with quizzes and opportunities to win gifts.
Many exhibitors not only promoted their brand and merchandise, but they were also eager to share their passion. Figurines, t-shirts, comics and costumes were a big hit among fans.

Even if you left your light sabre at home (because of safety regulations of course) you’ll have plenty of opportunities to demonstrate how well you use the force. There was a light sabre initiation proposed by the Light Sabre Sport League and many other opportunities to get your hands on one.

Light sabre initiation. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

There were plenty of Star Wars themed activities; ranging from photos to conferences.
I attended the masterclass delivered by Lorne Peterson, FX artist. He created most of the models for Star Wars. He shared his experience with humour and gave us funny behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

Lorne Peterson. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

At lunch time, superheroes get hungry as you’ll witness spidermen and batmen waiting in line to get a hot dog or fresh crepes at the food corner. I decided to try Japanese delicacies. I even treated myself to a freshly baked matcha and dark chocolate cookie.
To feed another hunger, the one for series and movies, I went to see the Warner Bros. Television event which projected trailers for up and coming movies and the first episode of the Season 3 of the Flash. After that, the pilot episode of Supergirl was on the menu.

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Star Trek Cosplayer being interviewed. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

Erik Larsen, illustrator known for his work on Spider-Man Marvel and other comics gave a conference. Visitors got to discover his career at the Masterclass room.

Other talents were here; actress Eliza Dushku, costume designer for Agent Carter Giovanna Melton, actress Carice Van Houten, cosplayer Leeanna Vamp, comic artist Trevor Hairsine, HBO storyboarder William Simpson…

The highlight of the day was the Luke Cage panel. Actor Mike Colter, costume designer Stephanie Maslansky and illustrator Shawn Martinbrough gave us an insight of the creation of the new Netflix show. Everyone was listening attentively to the interesting process of how the character was brought to the screen.

Luke Cage Panel. Photo by Laurie Le Bomin.

After clapping my hands cheerfully to several rounds of applause, I went to the mezzanine floor of the convention center. The atmosphere was laid-back and intimate. Illustrators were signing books or artwork and connecting with their fans.

I came across the Fusion Designs Caricatures booth. These guys offered amazing artwork.

To end the day on a good note, I attended the Premiere of the movie Arrival. It was such a compelling movie. The kind that makes such an impactful impression on you that you want to see it again. Just like how badly you want to go to Comic Con again next year!

The opening day of the Comic Con 2016 in Paris was a gathering of visitors and die hard fans wearing spandex and other cool costumes. At the masterclasses and other conferences, we had the chance to listen to professionals who described us how they created these great projects. We also got to see an exclusive of the Arrival, never shown before. Comic Con 2016 was a marvellous experience. Hollywood Press Corps is looking forward to the third edition next year.

Laurie Le Bomin

Laurie Le Bomin

Writer and photographer based in Paris, France.

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